Lollipop ‘Smart Lock’ now works with locations after Google Play Services 6.5

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Yesterday, Google announced Google Play Services 6.5 with a slew of new features, but it looks like there is at least one more hidden gem. Smart Lock is a new feature in Android 5.0 Lollipop that already allows you to set certain Bluetooth devices (Trusted Devices), NFC stickers, or even your face as a way to bypass the security lock screen. So for example, if you set your Bluetooth headset as a trusted device, you won’t need to enter your security PIN if your phone is connected to it. That’s all good stuff, but Google didn’t include locations or WiFi networks with the initial launch of Lollipop. That’s changing with Play Services 6.5.


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Not all devices will take advantage of Lollipop’s new camera API

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Android 5.0 Lollipop has a new camera API that allows the capture of RAW photos. Many people have noticed the change with the Nexus 5, but those with a Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 haven’t. The reason is that it’s hardware based. Devices that use a processor for image processing that is not part of the SoC (external ISP) will not be able to take advantage of it. The Nexus 4 and Nexus 7′s fall into that category.


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Nexus 4 Lollipop OTA Zip file now available to download and install

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We saw the Lollipop factory image for the Nexus 4 (occam) land a couple of days ago, so we knew it was only a matter of time until the OTA Zip file was posted. Good news for this Sunday morning. It’s available right now for your downloading pleasure.

Updating via OTA route is preferred since you don’t have to worry about losing your data, assuming your device is locked. You should still backup your data however.

We have the download link below and be sure to check out our extensive guide on how to install this bad boy. You won’t find more detailed instructions anywhere else.

source: Nexus 4 (occam) From KTU84P to LRX21T

Shhhh – Google removes silent mode from phones with Lollipop

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When Google first announced Android L last summer with a developer’s preview edition and then in October made the official announcement sans a final version being available, it was clear Google had all hands on deck to try to wrap up all the details that go into a major operating system overhaul. So it should be no surprise that some things may have been overlooked. At least, we hope this one is an oversight and not something intentional on the part of Google. Android Lollipop users have discovered that silent mode has been removed when running on a smartphone and other volume and notification management choices are just not well thought out.
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Factory image of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Nexus 4 is available

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The Nexus 4 will get the latest version of Android in a software update, but the rollout for Android 5.0 has yet to take place. Fortunately, today, Google posted the factory image of Lollipop for the Nexus phone of 2012. The software version listed on the Android Developers site is LRX21T. So now Nexus 4 owners can join the fun even two years after launch.

Not sure how to install a Lollipop factory image on your Nexus device? Then check out the TalkAndroid guide explaining exactly how to do so.

Source: Android Developers

HTC One M8 and M7 Google Play edition set to get Lollipop update next week

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Mo Versi, HTC’s Vice President of Product Management, has today tweeted that the Taiwanese company is preparing to roll out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all Google Play edition models of the One M8 and M7 located in the United States as soon as next week.

All the changes you’d expect from Lollipop are bundled into this update, including the recently-announced Material Design guidelines, improved notifications, a smoother multitasking experience and support for multiple user accounts. HTC has also revamped a handful of its own, stock applications.

Hit the break for the full changelog.


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Reminder: the Nexus 4 will get Android 5.0 Lollipop

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A software update is rolling out to Nexus devices around the world, but Nexus 4 owners have yet to see anything. We are here to tell you not to worry. When Android 5.0 was introduced last month, Google employee Sascha Pruter made it clear that the Nexus 4 would receive the software update. He told owners of the device to relax and be prepared to enjoy Lollipop. So, folks, Lollipop is coming to the Nexus 4. It is just not known when. Considering how Google updated other Nexus devices at once, the Nexus 4 should not be too far behind.

Source: +Sascha Pruter

Android Lollipop soak test for the Moto G (XT1033) 1st Gen dual SIM to start Nov 14

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The Moto G (2014) 2nd gen is already enjoying Lollipop, and now it’s time for the 1st gen model. It looks like the dual SIM variant (XT1033) will start its soak test tomorrow in India. We are not sure about other 1st gen Moto G’s, but I can’t imagine they will be too far behind.

As to the Moto X, we can only assume the 1st Gen model will start the soak test soon, but it’s likely to only be for the unlocked version. As you know, the 2014 Moto X Pure Edition model is getting Lollipop, but unfortunately all the carrier versions will likely be delayed until further testing is completed. Hopefully most of the carrier versions will get updated by the end of the year.

source: XDA

NVIDIA SHIELD announces Android 5.0 Lollipop update and a whole lot more

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NVIDIA promised us a quick Lollipop update for the SHIELD tablet, and they have delivered. They just announced that it will start tolling on November 18, and it comes with more goodies.

First off, the update will include the Dabbler app, which is NVIDIA’s painting software that offers full support for layers. Now users can share live Dabbler sessions over Twitch.


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Here are instructions to manually update the second generation Moto G

Moto_G_2014_2nd_Gen_Main_TAFor those who have been living under a rock, Motorola did it for a second year in a row and by that we mean that the Lenovo company is the first to push out Google’s newest OS flavor. This time, instead of the Moto X getting the OTA first, it’s the little budget phone that could, the Moto G. Although, the Moto X is getting it now too. However if you’re like the rest of us — and ridiculously impatient — you may want to take matters into your own hands and thanks to Redditor NooJoisey now you can.


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